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Caravaggio: Touching Jesus’ wounds

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The Incredulity of Saint Thomas is a painting of the subject of the same name by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, c. 1601–1602. It is housed in the Sanssouci Picture Gallery, now a museum, in Potsdam, Germany.

Details of the masterpiece that changed the history of painting.

A shudder. This is what the astonished, curious people who, in 1603, found themselves before this Caravaggio masterpiece felt.

Considered the first “film director” in history, centuries before the cinematographic cameras were invented, the Italian Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) concentrates light in Jesus’ chest, pierced by the spear on the Cross, and now resurrected.

Last Sunday’s Gospel (John 20: 19-31) narrates how the finger of the apostle Thomas, when touching Christ’s wound, became the most authentic testimony of the resurrection Of the Lord.

In this photographic gallery, in which we present the details of “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas,” we can admire Caravaggio’s spectacular artistic interpretation of this post-Resurrection encounter.

These images had a decisive influence on the history of painting. In fact, copies of the original spread throughout Europe. The painting is now housed in the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany.

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